Mike Nichols to Direct Bridges & Streep in Great Hope Springs
Earlier today we were getting ready to put out the word (that we missed a few days back) from The Playlist that Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges were finalizing deals to star in the movie Great Hope Springs, no doubt a future awards contender that follows a couple who spend a weekend attending an intense counseling session in order to decide the fate of their 30-year marriage. At the time, The Playlist said Jesse Nelson (of I Am Sam) had been attached to helm the script from TV writer Vanessa Taylor, but now The Wrap reports that the masterful Mike Nichols (Charlie Wilson's War, The Graduate) is in talks to direct the film now.
Mandate Pictures and the producers are still looking to fill the role of the marital counselor. Philip Seymour Hoffman expressed interest, but was unable to commit due to scheduling conflicts (likely with the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson religious drama in which he's starring, or maybe even Moneyball, in which he was in talks to join). Either way, with Streep and Bridges (fresh of his Academy Award win for Crazy Heart) at the heart of this flick, this will surely be one to look forward to in the future. As for Nichols' involvement, one of my favorite films of 2007 was Charlie Wilson's War (it was even included in the honorable mentions for my Best of the Decade list) and I'm always on board with anything he's directing. Stay tuned for more updates!